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McFadden & Whitehead

A Philadelphia songwriting, production, and performing duo who were prominent at Philadelphia International during the '70s, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead also scored a number one R&B hit as vocalists. Their single "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" was number one R&B in 1979 and peaked at number 13 pop. The two were members of the Epsilons as teens, a band that toured with and were managed by Otis Redding until his death in 1967. They later signed with Stax and had a moderate hit in 1970 with "The Echo." When Lloyd Parkes left, McFadden & Whitehead changed their name to Talk of the Town and began working with Gamble & Huff. Although they were being primed to record for North Bay, when Gamble & Huff discovered the duo's writing talents, they decided instead to employ them in that capacity at their label, Philadelphia International.

Their first collaboration came on the Intruders' "I'll Always Love My Mama." They later wrote and/or produced such classics as "Backstabbers" for the O'Jays; "Bad Luck" and "Wake Up Everybody" for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes; and "Let's Groove," "Soul City Walk," "Strategy," and "Don't Let Love Get You Down" for Archie Bell & the Drells. They also worked with Carolyn Crawford and did outside projects during the '70s and '80s with Melba Moore, Gloria Gaynor, Freddie Jackson, Willie Collins, and Beau Williams. The duo cut their own album, McFadden & Whitehead, in 1979 and made more singles for TSOP in 1980 -- including the Top 30 R&B hit "I Heard It in a Love Song" -- and for Capitol in 1982. In 2004, Whitehead was shot and killed, believed to be a victim of mistaken identity. Two years later, McFadden's life was taken by cancer. As of 2013, Whitehead's murder remained unsolved and was a subject of TV One's series Celebrity Crime Files. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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THEY PLAYED THIS TO DEATH
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aldrenad
Good ole days
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When I need encouragemen t ...this is my go to song! I know everything will be okay! Negative people step back!!
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Me gusta
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A great song writing duo who produced such a positive inspiring tune.....
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shawnda_wash i n g t o n
This was my class and when I graduated from high schoo class of 79...
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This should be the anthem for black America and all of our struggles. Listen to the words. This is all about our struggles. It raises the hair on my back each time I hear it. I have to raise my fist and say power to the people. We have come so far and it really is no stopping us now. They live in fear of a black planet. Play your part. I'm playing mine educating my younger brothers and sisters on the ways of the past. Nothing can be built until something is torn down. We've been torn down enough
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Brings back the good days-there was no stopping us except ourselves. As Gill Scott Heron said, " the first place to start a revolution is in the mind"
So where's the revolution?
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Philly
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nrivers16
C ya wouldnt wanna b ya
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nrivers16
:-P
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Right on! They don't know.
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they don't know....
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Nop..no one is stopping me...wepa..t o classic i go...
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dragonlady60 8 8
To all our troops..xoxo x o god bless u
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dragonlady60 8 8
Love this music...
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This song gets played at every single family function just like its '79 all over again! Ain't no stopping us now! Never gets old! A classic!
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nrivers16
No stoppin me now hee get outta my way cuz Im leavin dust
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Rip
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This should be the..."the way of the world"....fo r e v e r
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Oh yeah baby! Good times������
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Omg so good memories����
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Me too
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Rip brothers !!Mcfadden &Whitehead
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Miss the good old days
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Family reunion
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Back in the day good songs
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Love this message...it was about not be oppressed any longer. Education & prosperity was the goal...final l y attainable:)
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Never gonna stop
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RIP
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ccfaison
Was the Anthem for the Class of 1979 - Lincoln University-P A
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That's what music should sound like!!
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Awesome track..lest dances like it's 1979!!! Yea!!! Wooooooooo!!
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Great jam. One of my favs.
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hunterlanede m e t r a
No, stopping toward whatever your pushing and striving for. Motivation!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now you've started reading their don't stop. This is so scary post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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I'm from Mississippi I love that music!!!
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My song they sung this at my son graduation.. . . h a a a a a a y y y y y y y y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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happy song!
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It's no where in the world like Philadelphia home sweet home. ..
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LOVE THIS SONG...ALWAY S BRINGS ME UP
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The balls
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I can remember how uplifted I felt whenever this came on the radio. Trying to revive the vibe.
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What an era for great music!
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Whenever I'm feeling a down about something... . a l l I have to do is hear this song to pick me up! Ain't No Stopping Me..=)
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Old school music?
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Polishing up our act- LOVE dis music-
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very inspirationa l song. one of my all time 70's favorites. this and Good Times by Chic. now that i think about it '79 was a good year for music.....
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Oh what memories! Young and no worries in the world. Wish I were still there.
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INCREDIBLE!! ! But my heart is broken now......... . . . . . : ' (
When will the USA become a civilized nation???
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